Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses a Senate panel last week.
June 14th, 2013
10:13 AM ET

Holder: Leaks damaged U.S. security

Attorney General Eric Holder called the leaks about U.S. surveillance programs "extremely damaging" and vowed justice for whomever disseminated the information.

Appearing at a U.S.-European Union ministerial meeting Friday in Dublin, Holder was asked by a reporter why the United States hasn't requested the arrest of Edward Snowden, the self-avowed National Security Agency leaker.

Holder didn't mention Snowden's name and said the case remains under investigation. Snowden provided documents to journalists revealing the existence of secret programs to collect records of domestic telephone calls in the United States and the Internet activity of overseas residents.

"The national security of the United States has been damaged as a result those leaks. The safety of the American people and the safety of people who reside in allied nations have been put at risk as a result of these leaks," Holder said. "We are presently in the process of that investigation, and I'm confident the person who is responsible will be held accountable."

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  1. Amanda

    I'm sorry. but i do not agree with rascal r and some of the others. the govt. does this to protect us from attacts. why is this so hard to understand? seems people complain no matter what.

    June 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amanda

    the govt does not care about our personal calls. only if you are a criminal like in boston. wake up. there are bad people everywhere. stop whinning please.

    June 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    And i've been calling my cell phone the "human tracking device" since i got the damn thing!

    June 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    And @ amanda, the government wont be happy til we are all a bunch of "bots"!

    June 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    True @ banasy, some of this has been happening since watergate! But not as extensively as now! And its not the fact so much that they do it as the fact that they LIE about doing it!

    June 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    And not only LIE about doing it but do it without just cause!

    June 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    And its more than a little disgusting knowing some per verts in government are spying on you in your bedrooms! And gosh knows there are many of them in our government as history has proved!

    June 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      The difference is Bush spied on the terrorists and considered them as the enemy, Obama spies on U.S. citizens and considers them as the enemy. Is banasy still in denial that this is a socialist administration with a police state mentality? The answer to 1984 is 1776. Exactly why do you think DHS is buying so much ammo and pushing gun control.

      June 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Obama cannot do anything that isn't approved by Congress, Hamsta. It is high time you learned that Congress was complicit in this. They KNEW.
      This has been going on for years, and what is being done now is covered both by Pat and FISA of 1978. Like it or not, one POTUS using the tools another one has left behind is just business as usual.

      June 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Banasy you really are stupid. How many times has Obama abused his executive orders? Did his administration use the IRS to intimidate his opposition or nor? Not to mention the EPA, CIA, and all those other alphabet soup groups. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid, you will go far in Obama's brown shirt army. He did promote Susan Rice after all, after she fell on the sword so Obama wouldn't look like the liar, failure and traitor he is until after the election. Hey, maybe that's what he meant when he told Medvedev " I will have more flexibility after the election.".

      June 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Please stick to the topc at hand: the phone information gathering.
      And please refrain from name calling; that is the biggest tell in not knowing how to converse civilly.

      June 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    My grocery store and Target all have apps that track every move when you are in their stores. I turn the apps off and it probably doesn't matter.

    June 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Are you finally realizing that the Tea Party isn't so evil? Or crazy? The answer to 1984 is 1776. The crazies are the people who sacrifice their rights for "security". I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said " People who sacrifice their freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security.". All those things that our founding fathers said hundreds of years ago are even more relevant today than they were then. The cons ti tution is not out of date, oppressive tyrannical government is.

      June 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yes. Sacrificed their rights for security. Which is precisely what Patriot did.
      Put the blame where it should be: Patriot should NEVER have passed.
      Are you feeling secure? It's allllll legal under Patriot.
      Be careful what you champion. It just came back to bite you in the butt, didn't it?

      June 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hamsta

    you can thank all the low information Obama voters.

    June 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hamsta

    Historical fact: "FORWARD" was the slogan used by the HITLER YOUTH TROOP.

    June 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Historical fact: Nazi uniform belt buckles were emblazoned with the slogan “Gott mit uns” (God is with us). Should we keep up these silly comparisons?

      June 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    5/11/2006 USAToday…

    The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

    The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.

    2006. Like I stated earlier.

    June 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Continuing:

      "It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.

      “For the customers of these companies, it means that the government has detailed records of calls they made — across town or across the country — to family members, co-workers, business contacts and others.”

      June 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hamsta

    you see banasy, with exile and concentration camps, the Patriot Act is unnecessary. go ask some really old asian guy if we allowed Hindu temples at Pearl Harbor.

    June 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hindu is primarily Indian, Hamsta. Why wouldn't they be allowed?

      June 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Be very careful WHO you call stupid @ hamsta! Your posts reek of stupidity? Banasys are educated and contain FACTS not supositions like yours!

    June 15, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Hey chrissy, do you mean educated like that nurse I know who could answer any medical question I ask her but had to lock her keys in the car to figure out that the glove box is a STUPID place to keep a spare key? Ya she voted for Obama too.

      June 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hamsta

    Banasy, I never championed the Patriot Act. that's just the programmed response of liberal progressives or prog for short. We call them progs because they are easily programmed with liberal amounts of Kool-Aid. Rhw military rejects people like me because we aren't easily programmed. Do you want to know why we can't win the war on terror? I can answer that question with these two words: political correctness. Everyone is so afraid to offend someone else that they differentiate between "good muslims" and "radical muslims". If you want to win the war you must do what was done to my German ancestors, HOLD ALL OF THEM ACCOUNTABLE, there is no such thing as a "good muslim". They need to be told what my ancestors were told: " It's your fault, you let this happen, you could have stopped it but you chose not to. Now you will clean it up and eradicate muslim terrorism and we don't care if you starve doing so.".

    June 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good, then we agree on one thing: Bush was terribly wrong to have forced the Patriot Act on the citizens of the US.
      And good for your German ancestors for their accountability in killing my ancestors.

      June 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    “Gott mit uns” (God is with us).

    June 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
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